Samsung Galaxy S3 security issue stores unencrypted passwords

A new Samsung Galaxy S3 security issue has been discovered with the leading Android handset found to store user’s passwords in plain text form within the Samsung S-Memo app.

Discovered by a recognized XDA Developers forum moderator, the latest Samsung Galaxy S3 security concern sees owners’ Google account passwords stored in an unprotected and unencrypted form within the files of the handset’s popular note-taking application.

Accessible to anyone who has root access to the device, whilst this would usually limit access to the owner themselves, anyone who has rooted their handset in order to further customise it could be at a heightened risk. Similarly, there are reported concerns that malicious applications could utilise the newly discovered issue to access user’s account passwords.

Acknowledging the issue, Samsung, in a statement to Trusted Reviews, has stated: “Samsung is aware of the security issue affecting the GALAXY SIII when synchronizing S Memo with a Google account. Samsung has resolved the issue and will release a software update soon.”

Samsung Galaxy S3 Specs
Recently crowned the world’s leading smartphone having outsold the Apple during the year’s third quarter, shifting 18 million units to the 16.2 million iPhone handsets sold by Apple in the lead up to the iPhone 5 release date, the Samsung Galaxy S3 remains one of the most specs impressive smartphones on the market.

Facing new competition from the Google Nexus 4, the Samsung Galaxy S3 plays host to a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, pairing this with 1GB of RAM and a trio of internal storage options from 16GB to 64GB.

Boasting a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display with a 1280 x 720p image resolution, the impressive Samsung Galaxy S3 features list is topped off by an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera with integrated flash and 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities. A second, 1.9-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording also features on the front of the Android powered handset.

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